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Rebuilding my system... advice?

Poll Results: Which graphics card would you choose?

 
  • 11% (1)
    AMD Radeon R9-270
  • 11% (1)
    AMD Radeon R9-270X
  • 11% (1)
    nVidia GTX 660
  • 11% (1)
    nVidia GTX 750TI
  • 44% (4)
    nVidia GTX 760
  • 11% (1)
    Other (Please share your thoughts)
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post #1 of 5
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Hi. My computer's gaming performance isn't what it used to be and I feel an upgrade is in order.

Specs:
-Motherboard: MSI 785GT-E63
-PSU: Antec Neo Echo 620C 620W
-Processor:AMD Phenom II Zosma Unlocked and OC'ed to 3.5GHz X6
-Ram 4.5GB DDR2 (1X2 GB, 2X1GB, 1X512MB) (Running Unganged)
-GPU: BFG Tech nVIDIA GTX 260 Core 215 55nm OC'ed
-Case: Rosewill Challenger
-Monitor: Asus 23" 1080P display

My budget is ~ $250 or less for the graphics card. The mobo/RAM cost is subjective at this point.

Why I want to upgrade... besides gaming performance boost (1080P primarily), USB 3.0 would be nice along with having DDR3 RAM. The cost of DDR2 per-gig is suicide these days.


Here's what I have my eyes set at:

Mobo: ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX
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RAM: Avexir Core Series 8GB Kit (2 X 4GB) Dual Channel 240-Pin DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Module Model AVD3U21331104G-2CI
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Graphics are undecided between the AMD R9-270/R9-270X and nVIDIA GTX 660/750 TI/760. I have no preference, I just want the most for bang for buck.

What do you guys think?

If I were to start with the graphics upgrade first (as in keep the MSI board for now) and then upgrade as I save up along the way, versus rebuilding the system in one whole swoop?
post #2 of 5
Motherboard looks good. It should overclock well and leave the door open for CPU upgrades. If you can afford it, upgrading to an FX processor would probably be worth it.

RAM speeds over 1600 are largely pointless unless you are using an APU. You can downgrade that and save some money. I would also advise against buying most parts from the Korean imports sellers, unless you don't care about warranty.

For the video card, the best bang for your buck right now is the R7 265. Sells at $150 and beats out the 750ti, it usually comes back in stock for a few hours every afternoon before the miners notice and buy them all out. Above that it really just depends on your budget.

660/270($180) < 270x($200) < 760($230)
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post #4 of 5
GTX 760 no doubt.

But you definitely need a Mobo and CPU upgrade in the near future.
post #5 of 5
just get this set . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262

thubans do not benefit much with faster rams. put the savings on a 280 (rehashed 7950).

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/1515173

280 should be faster than that and all those gpus you listed.. you should be able to oc the zosma unlocked to 4GHz with the new board. btw, newer boards might not unlock your zosma, so find out first.
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